Monday Muse: Children are Exhausting

Hi everyone! I’m supposed to Muse today, but given that it’s the start of another week of summer camp and I had the least relaxing weekend in the history of weekends, I’ve got next-to-nothing left. I’m pooped and sore for reasons that are unfathomable to me because I didn’t actually do anything physically demanding. 

All I can say is children are exhausting and people who decide to actually own more than two are out of their everloving minds. Last week I had a whopping 12 kids to keep track of and, as if that weren’t enough, it was an insistently rambunctious group. This week is only seven – which, in contrast, feels a bit like a vacation – but I swear they’re sucking the life out of me. Are children the real vampires? Are they actually causing the aging process? Maybe if everybody stopped having children we’d all just live forever. I kid. Some children are pretty great. Just not in packs…

Good night, friends!

A

Silly Sunday: If Winter’s Here, Why Am I Melting?

Hey, guys!

I’m still sick, but I can breathe through my nose now, so… WOOOOOO!!!! Huge step toward normalcy!

Anyway… tonight was the GoT premiere. I watched it live, but I know a lot of people can’t do that, so I’m promising a spoiler-free zone here. We’re pretty good about that already, but I want to be extra sure to tell you.

But if you haven’t watched it… YOU GUYS ARE GONNA LOVE IT.

Also, I would follow Lady Mormont into the depths of hell. But that’s not a spoiler… unless you’ve managed to go this long without knowing of the awesomeness, in which case shame.

Pretend I wasn’t lazy and put an appropriate shaming GIF here.

Um… I didn’t have anything planned. Actually, I forgot today was Sunday. Which is weird because I remembered that the GoT premiere was today, but… apparently, I’m living on Westerosi time, or something.

So, here is Cactus favorite Chris Evans being adorable:

The dog has his own computer. How adorable.

Also… dog love is forever.

We’ll be back tomorrow. I might have to remind A tomorrow is Monday. Hopefully, I remember to do that…

C

Shakespeare Saturday: Watching Will

You guys! TNT’s Will premiered last Monday and I didn’t watch it!!! UGH. Listen, you know I can’t keep the days of the week straight, so how was I supposed to keep track of a single Monday in the month of July? Anyway, C asked if I’d seen it – throwing me completely for a loop – and here we are. I had an entirely different plan for Shakespeare Saturday today, but now it’s turned into me urging you to watch Will with me this evening. I’ll be streaming it On Demand in just a few so my Saturday just got a whole lot Shakespeare-y-er. Hopefully yours will too.

PS C has seen the first episode and  approves! As I’m sure you’ve noticed, C is extremely discerning/selective in her tastes so the fact that she approves is an excellent sign in my opinion.

A

Boozy Books: Please Excuse Me

Hey guys… I’m sorry about this, but I need to beg out of Boozy Books this week. I have developed a hell of a sinus infection (I think the apartment is getting revenge on me for murdering all the dust), and reading only makes my eyes itchy. Please forgive me.

While you’re at it, why not go back and check out some of my favorite pairings of weeks past?

Boozy Books: Stamped From the Beginning

Boozy Books Friday: Middlemarch

Boozy Books Fridays: Lamb

Boozy Books Friday: American Gods

Boozy Books: Pride and Prejudice

There are more. But I keep sneezing and it’s becoming painful.

I’m sorry again, guys.

I should be back by Sunday!

C

Monday Muse: Adulting Has Its Benefits

Hello! Welcome to the shortest Muse you are ever going to get from me.

I am working hard on worldbuilding. It would be a lot easier if I was one of those writers who could just make stuff up as I went, but every time I hit something I didn’t figure out before I started, I need to stop and figure everything out before I can write again. What this inevitably means is that, sometimes, all my projects are in the worldbuilding phase. It’s not a particularly writerly period, but sometimes it just happens that way. Sometimes it just takes a week before I can move forward again; sometimes it takes upwards of six months. Typically the former more than the latter since I don’t start drafting until it’s details I have to worry about.

But! Because the boyfriend is away on business, I am also in charge of the house and all the animals. Which means I have to spend most of my time adulting. Bleh. On the plus side, I have found so many empty notebooks, binders, and packs of paper while cleaning, I know that when the time comes, I will have tons of material to begin writing again!

Well… worldbuilding. The balm of my soul.

And I’ll have a clean house for the bargain!

Now… back to watching Will. Haven’t decided if I like it yet, but I’m still watching, so I guess that says something…

C

Silly Sunday: Holy S#@*, it’s Sunday?!

Hi guys! I’m so sorry for dropping the ball on Friday. I was at a wedding so two-thirds of the day was spent trying to figure out what I was doing with my hair while the other third was actually attending the wedding. HA!

Well, anyway, it was a super fun time, but now I’m preoccupied with prepping for my next venture… For tomorrow I begin teaching/running my own summer camp! Oy. But in all seriousness it’s going to be great. And a big leap from the summer camp positions of my past. I mean.. I’m in charge. Of everything. That’s pretty awesome. And daunting. But mostly awesome.

So anyway, with aaaall that backstory let’s get to the reason why you’ve read this far. Oh, you read this far? Wow, hey! Thanks for reading, man. Today’s silliness goes out to you, Nerd Cactus enthusiast. We love you. Seriously.

Today’s silly is a silly that I always go back to, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared in one of my posts. It’s an oldie, but a goody and after dozens of replays I still laugh myself silly. It could be because I have a dog who would pull exactly this kind of shit right here or it could be that I’m easily amused by doggy antics. In any case, Fenton the dog has made me laugh more times than I can count. His shepherding skills are pretty nonexistent, but he sure does try. 

Enjoy!!

A

Shakespeare Saturday: The Bard, Delayed

I’m sorry this is late. There is no excuse except I didn’t notice I hadn’t posted anything. I wrote it up and was convinced I hit publish only to find the tab still open on my browser. Oops.

So. It’s getting to be about that time, guys! Next month is the 3rd Annual Bestie Good Time Vacay to Stratford. As A and I count down the days (50, I think), I’ve begun thinking about how we approach the run-up to the trip itself. Those of you who have been here for a while know that we typically spend August talking about the Shakespeare that we’ll be seeing. We discuss themes, pair the plays, share versions you can watch on the screen, and post some funnies.

But I don’t know if I want to do that this year. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to talk about the Shakespeare (duh), but that means we miss the opportunity to talk about some of the other stuff we’ll be seeing. The first year, we only saw Shakespeare (except our last-minute sojourn into Restoration comedy), but last year… Last year was not Shakespeare’s year. 

Last year undoubtedly belonged to Molière. The Hypochondriac was the runaway hit for both A and I. And we never really talked about it, except to review it. We could have paired it (and it would have been a glorious pairing!) and discussed the history of theater during the reign of the Sun King. We could have talked about the night Molière collapsed on stage during a performance (which is how they chose to stage the performance). So many things.

So… maybe this year, instead of focusing on Shakespeare, A and I should pick the four plays we’re most excited to see and pair focus on those. I mean, we’ve talked about Romeo and Juliet before. Heck, we wrote a whole novel based on it. I don’t want to pair it.

I want to talk about the Bakkhai, which is the first piece of classical theater I’ll ever get to see live. And I want to talk about Tartuffe, which I hope is as good as The Hypochondriac (and of course it will be; I know who’s in it). And I know A is probably more excited for The Madwoman of Chaillot than Romeo and Juliet. (Just because… well, you guys know we don’t actually like it, right?) 

So… maybe we pair Timon of Athens and Twelfth Night. Since this is a Shakspeare-loving blog. But maybe we pick two non-Shakespeare plays to fill in the other two weeks.

What sayeth all of you?